“Supplier’s Agreement to Manufacture Product Invalidates Patent”On October 8, 2013 by Schnader
Joan T. Kluger and Stephenie W. Yeung authored the article “Supplier’s Agreement to Manufacture Product Invalidates Patent” in the October 8, 2013 edition of The Legal Intelligencer. The article provides analysis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s conclusion in Hamilton Beach Brands v. Sunbeam Products, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 16797 (Fed. Cir. Aug. 14, 2013). Ms. Kluger and Ms. Yeung concluded that inventors should take a cautious approach when evaluating deadlines for filing patent applications in light of the Hamilton Beach outcome and ambiguities in the on-sale bar under the AIA, and should educate others in their organizations of the pitfalls so on-sale bars are avoided.